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Peter Carey
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A Long Way from Home

Peter Carey



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


320 pages

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Australia’s master novelist takes us on the race of a lifetime.

Carey's most ambitious novel since True History of the Kelly Gang - a celebration and interrogation of the Australia of Peter's childhood. He takes us on a wild ride around the country in 1954 by way of the famous Redex car trial, during which our protagonist, Willy Bachhuber, learns the poignant truth of his troubled past.

We're in Bacchus Marsh in the 1950s. The striking Irene Bobs is ahead of her time, a fearless, big-hearted, independently minded woman. Irene loves fast driving. Her husband, Titch Bobs, is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. 

Her next door neighbour, the lanky fair-haired Willy, seems to be constantly in flight from his own life. He lacks social confidence but is extremely well read, so much so that he's a radio quiz champ. And he has a particular fondness for maps, joining the team as navigator.

This energetic story starts in one way and then takes you someplace else. Often funny, the more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner, as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves.

In Australia of the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture – the high purpose they invented and the crimes they committed along the way.

Peter Carey has twice won the Booker Prize for his explorations of Australian history. A Long Way from Home is his late-style masterpiece.

By:   Peter Carey
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   495g
ISBN:   9780143787075
ISBN 10:   0143787071
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs).

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